YAY! It’s my annual chocolate recipe. Perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re new to following me you might wonder why a dietitian is sharing a chocolate recipe. Quite simply, because food is more than just fuel for our bodies. Food feeds our minds and soul too. Denying ourselves the pleasure of food isn’t healthy.
This recipe is super simple to make. And WOW is it decadent. Like the middle of a truffle without that pesky shell. I first made experimented by making this in regular-sized muffin tins and it was simply too much (and believe you me, it takes a lot of rich chocolate to make me come to that conclusion!). Mini muffin tins make the perfect size. Just like those 2 bite brownies, but healthier for you and more decadently delicious.
These really are for dark chocolate lovers. So they may be more of an adult treat. But you never know. Make them with your kids and see what their verdict is.
The inspiration for this recipe was from chocolatecoveredkatie.com
If you follow these lifestyles, you’ll be happy to know that these heavenly bites are vegan, paleo, gluten-free and have no added sugar.
You can easily make them peanut-free by omitting the peanuts. Go completely nut-free (note: they do contain coconut) or substitute pistachios, chopped almond, or hazelnuts for the topping.
- 4 TBSP coconut butter (Note: This isn’t the same as coconut oil. Also, if your jar of coconut butter has separated, scrape off the oil and use the lower level – the coconut butter)
- 1 ripe banana
- 3 TBSP cocoa powder
- 3 small pinches salt
- 4 TBSP unsalted peanuts
This recipe happens really quickly so you’ll want to prepare am your ingredients before you start cooking.
- On a small plate, mash the banana really well.
- Chop peanuts.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut butter, stirring constantly.
- Add the mashed banana. Stir constantly until completely combined.
- Lower heat. Add cocoa powder and 1 pinch of salt. Mix well and remove from the heat.
- Moving quickly, spoon into a mini muffin tin. Be careful, the mixture is very hot.
- Top with chopped peanuts and sprinkle with salt.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
Note: The ganache bites are at the absolute perfect texture when eaten after freezing for 1 hour. If you make them ahead of time and freeze for longer, remove them from the freezer and warm them to room temperature for at least 30 minutes (otherwise they’ll be rock hard).